RCR celebrates 35 years!

In 2014, The Leader-Post participated in a "ride along" with RCR community cat volunteers to better understand the plight of these animals in Regina. Click through for more of RCR in the news throughout the years.

This weekend marked the 35th anniversary of Regina Cat Rescue's incorporation date in 1982. When the organization incorporated on Nov. 18, 1982 its primary goal was educate the public about the cruelty of the fur industry, but it wasn't long before the group of animal lovers saw the need for a cat rescue in Regina and took action. They undertook the creation of a Pet Rescue program for tame cats and a Trap, Neuter, Return program for community cats - two programs that exist to this day. To learn more about RCR's early days, check out this Q&A with Pat Vogt, one of the organization's longest-serving volunteers.

In celebration of 35 years of cat rescue, we wanted to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the volunteers, donors, sponsors and adopters who have supported RCR over the years. As a volunteer-run organization, we rely on the generosity, hard work and dedication of Regina's citizens and businesses. As we reflect on some of our key milestones we hope all RCR supporters feel good about all that we've been able to achieve together.

Milestones

One of PFA's earliest logos

One of PFA's earliest logos

Nov. 18, 1982 - The Association for the Protection of Fur-bearing Animals is created. Later renamed People for Animals of Saskatchewan (PFA).
April 8, 2009 - PFA became a registered charity with Canada Revenue Agency enabling the organization to become adoption partners with PetSmart Charities leading to an increase in adoptions and funds.
Oct. 18, 2010 - Community cats registered to PFA become exempt from City of Regina licensing requirements saving valuable funds that could now be used for sterilizations instead of fines.
December 2012 - PFA received its first corporate sponsorship.
June 1, 2013 - PFA adopted pediatric spay and neuter policy so that no kitten leaves the organization's care unsterilized.
September 2013 - PFA received its first PetSmart grant to be used for targeted sterilization efforts.
May 2014 - People for Animals of Saskatchewan adopted new trade name of Regina Cat Rescue.
2016
- RCR set a new rescue record with 473 cats rescued in one year.

If you want to help Regina's abandoned cats and kittens, check out our volunteer job descriptions, sponsor a spay or neuter, support our fundraising efforts like the winter raffle, adopt a cat or donate - there's so much more work to be done!

-Rachel, Regina Cat Rescue

RCR seeks financial help for Casey & Chip

Regina Cat Rescue (RCR) is asking for financial help to pay for veterinary care for two young cats in need of medical treatments.

Casey in his foster home awaiting treatment.

Casey in his foster home awaiting treatment.

Casey is a 14-week-old kitten who came into RCR’s care in August as a neo-natal kitten in need of bottle feeding. He was a typical wee kitten until he started to develop what first looked like a bloody, swollen bum. After multiple veterinarian consultations, Casey was diagnosed with an atresia ani type 1 (atresia ani is an anorectal anomaly in small animals). The recommended treatment in Casey’s case is balloon dilation.

Last week, Casey was taken to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, SK for the balloon dilation, and the process is scheduled to be repeated again this week. Following the second treatment, Casey has a great prognosis and is expected to live a long and healthy life. The cost of Casey's diagnosis, treatment and care is $1,000, and while this is a considerable sum we weren't ready to euthanize this sweet, young boy because of a treatable condition.

For photos of Casey’s condition, click here. (Note – some readers may find these images graphic.)

Casey awaits surgery so he can live pain free.

Casey awaits surgery so he can live pain free.

Chip is a five-month-old kitten who came into RCR’s care with an injured leg unable to bear weight. X-rays revealed that Chip is suffering from a fracture through the digital growth plate of his tibia. The fracture is not congenital which means it’s an injury that happened after he was born - and it causes Chip considerable pain.

Because of the location and nature of the fracture, Chip requires an orthopedic surgery - pins will be inserted to keep the bones in place and then Chip will be in a splint for three weeks. Of all the surgeries that we contemplate for our cats, orthopedics are the most expensive and Chip's procedure will cost $1,200. Thankfully, Chip - like Casey - is a young and otherwise healthy cat with a great future ahead of him.

In total, RCR is asking for your help to raise $2,200 to treat Casey and Chip. We know this is a considerable ask, but these two sweet, loving kittens deserve a chance at pain-free and happy lives.

RCR’s biggest expense is veterinary care. So far in 2017 we've rescued over 350 cats and kittens all requiring varying levels of vet care - from anti-parasitic treatments, vaccinations, spays, neuters, dental surgeries and more. We hold numerous fundraising activities each year to cover these expenses but in times of extra demand – like now – we reach out to the community and hope that our supporters and animal lovers will give generously.

Donations of $10 or more qualify for a tax receipt. Donate directly at our Go Fund Me campaign or by cheque, e-transfer, PayPal. Any funds raised beyond the $2,200 for Casey and Chip will be used to help other abandoned cats and kittens requiring veterinary care.

RCR is a registered charity and member of the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies. If you'd like to learn more about RCR's governance and finances, please visit our governance page.

-Rachel, Regina Cat Rescue

Lonely Kittens Left Behind

Buster is a playful and friendly kitten who is the only one left of a litter of 8.

Buster is a playful and friendly kitten who is the only one left of a litter of 8.

Every year, Regina Cat Rescue (RCR) rescues multiple litters of kittens and sends them on their way to loving homes. Many kittens are adopted very quickly once their adoptions ads are posted, but there is inevitably one kitten in almost every litter that sticks around a little longer and struggles to find a home.

Buster, Molly, Quinn, Hei-Hei and Benz are the summer kittens left behind, and have been waiting patiently to find homes of their own. Their siblings were all adopted several weeks ago while these little cuties have yet to steal someone's heart. Their foster families love them, but they need forever homes of their own. All are sweet, affectionate and playful cats fostered in multi-pet homes and are well socialized. They just haven't met the right match yet.

Hei Hei has rely on toys to play with now that his siblings have forever homes.

Hei Hei has rely on toys to play with now that his siblings have forever homes.

Handsome Quinn was the only boy in his litter and has yet to find a home.

Handsome Quinn was the only boy in his litter and has yet to find a home.

As kittens get adopted, it opens up foster space for new rescues, which is always in demand.  RCR is seeking help from our supporters and followers to help us get these kittens adopted! If you or someone you know has been waiting for the right kitten to come along, consider one of these sweet kittens. The perfect one may have been waiting for you all along!

Sweet but shy Molly needs a quiet home without small children. 

Sweet but shy Molly needs a quiet home without small children. 

Benz is wondering why he hasn't been adopted yet!

Benz is wondering why he hasn't been adopted yet!

-Alanna, Regina Cat Rescue